Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE:BTU) at a glance

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Dallas, Texas 09/12/2013 (Financialstrend) – Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE:BTU) shares saw some unusual option-activity trading on Wednesday. Traders bought 7,523 put-options on BTU. This represents a 152% rise in comparison to the typical-volume of 2,982 put options.

Analysts’ opinion

Numerous analysts have weighed on the BTU stock recently. Macquarie analysts assigned the company’s stock with a “neutral” rating on 6 September. TheStreet’s analysts have downgraded the Peabody shares from a “hold” to a “sell” rating. Zacks analysts reiterated their “neutral” rating on the BTU stock on 25 July and have set a price-target of $17.00 on the stock.

Three investment-analysts have assigned a “sell” rating on the stock, 9 have assigned a “hold” rating while 8 have assigned the BTU stock with a “buy” rating. The company has a one year low of $14.34 and its one year high is $29.84.

Wednesday’s trading

In Wednesday’s trading session, Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE:BTU) dipped by 0.43%. The opening price of the shares was $18.76 which moved up to an intraday high of $18.96 and dipped to close at $18.69. Approximately 7.34 million BTU shares were traded on Wednesday while the average volume of shares traded over a 30 day period was 6.96 million. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $17.19 and its 200 day moving-average is $18.66. $17.19 and a 200-day moving average of $18.66. The company has a market cap of $5.04 billion.

Quarterly earnings

BTU last issued its quarterly-earnings data on 23 July. It reported earnings per share of $0.33 for the quarter, topping the analysts’ average estimate of $0.05. BTU had$1.76 billion revenue for the quarter, in comparison with the average estimate of $1.83B. In same quarter of 2012, it posted an EPS of $0.51.